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Iran 'receives' invite to Obama's address in Cairo

Press TV - Amid talks of an extended hand from Washington to Tehran, Egypt moves to bring the two countries together in Cairo where US President Barack Obama is set to make a speech.

According to an Iranian diplomat in Cairo, Aboul Qassim Zakeri, the Egyptian hosts of President Obama have invited Iran to attend the upcoming speech in Egypt addressing the Muslim world.

The Iranian government is reportedly mulling over the decision to send an envoy to the event.

"A decision to attend is currently being made by the Foreign Ministry in Tehran," Zakeri told the Associated Press.

If Iran decides to send a representative to the US president's highly anticipated speech, it would be the first time that President Obama addresses a gathering in the presence of Iranian officials.

The Obama White House has been looking at ways to create a change in tone from the hostile one adopted by the Bush administration with regards to Iran.

President Obama has made a pledge to extend a hand of peace to Iran if it "unclenched its fist".

A Tuesday report by the New York Times revealed plans in the State Department to embark on the Obama administration's policy of negotiations with Iran.

The State Department has sent a cable to its various embassies and consulates all over the world notifying them that "they may invite representatives from the government of Iran" to the annual reception of America's Independence Day celebrations, read the report.

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